‘My Son, give me your heart’ (Proverbs 23:26)
Dear friends, the Most High presents Himself as a Suitor this morning: He asks for your heart; He wants it to be His home; He made it by His power; He wants to rule it by His grace. He will not be satisfied with anything else; if He has the heart, He has everything; if He does not have the heart, He has nothing.
Let us surrender our hearts to Him this morning and every morning; let us ask Him to sanctify them by His grace, to fill them with His Spirit, to engrave on them His image, to keep them by His power, and to fill them with the fruits of holiness.
If the heart is given to God, then life will be according to His word. If He rules in us, we shall walk as Jesus walked; and if our walk is not holy, our religion will merely be a ritual. “Whoever says, I know Him and yet does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in them” [1 John 2:4].
How awful to think and profess that we are the Lord’s, and yet to have a heart that is under the influence of sin, Satan and the world! Jesus says, “MY SON/DAUGHTER, GIVE ME YOUR HEART!” May our reply be, “Dear Lord, take my heart, reign, and rule in it forever.”
O Jesus! Wounded Lamb of God,
Come, wash me in thy cleansing blood;
Take my poor heart, and let it be
Forever closed to all but Thee.
Unloose my stammering tongue, to tell
Thy love immense, unsearchable.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘Jesus is my kind, careful, and constant Shepherd. Can I want? If God has given me the kingdom, and has given me into the hand of his dear Son, will he withhold any good thing from me? Impossible. Why then am I anxious or fearful? Simply, because I do not believe.’